Rochester Institute of Technology Leaf 36

This is a leaf from a French Book of Hours made in the middle of the fifteenth century. At 10.5 x 7 cm, this is the smallest of the 50 leaves in the Ege portfolios: each side contains just thirteen lines of text. These leaves were not separated easily; their inner margins are ragged, with scraps of the other half of the bifolium often visible. The rubrication and decoration/illumination remain vivid, sometimes overwhelming the fading text ink. See Denison University Leaf 36 for more information about this manuscript.

Text: Based on the leaves we have seen, this Book of Hours accords with the Use of Rome (see Leaf 36 in the Cleveland Public Library portfolio, which contains the "Dum Esset" antiphon). This leaf contains text from the Hours of the Virgin at Matins, including Psalms 18. A scan of the recto is not currently available.

Reconstruction Note! In Ege's original manuscript, this leaf was followed by what is now Leaf 36 in the University of South Carolina portfolio.

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Rochester Leaf 36 Verso
Rochester Leaf 36 Verso

Rochester Institute of Technology Leaf 36 Verso

+ Rochester Leaf 36 Verso Transcription

Ant: Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui. Ant: Sicut mirra. Psalmum.

Caeli enarrant gloriam Dei: et opera manuum eius annunciat firmamentum.
Dies diei eructat verbum: et nox nocti indicat scientiam.
Non sunt loquellae, neque sermones: quorum non audiantur voces

+ Rochester Leaf 36 Verso Translation

Ant: Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. Ant: Even as elected myrrh. Psalm.

[Psalms 18] The heavens show forth the glory of God: and the firmament declareth the works of his hands. Day unto day uttereth word: and night unto night showeth knowledge. There are no languages, nor speeches: whose voices are not heard.

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